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Tuesday, June 05, 2012


a) let's look at a chart. data courtesy of Fitch. plotted by me.

the chart above depicts GDP per capita. the data above compared malaysia against all other countries providing free education. what is per capita GDP? well it reflects standard of living. face fact here, except against Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Kenya and a few others we are not doing too well. someone was comparing us to finland the other day, that's apple to monkey, but hey, you decide.

b) i guess looking at the chart above, priority is to bring us on par with the better countries - and then figure out whether free education is viable. we are now stuck in what we call the middle income trap. we are not that cheap, we are not that wealthy. we are not too skillful neither. we are going no where. if your argument is, "hence why free education" that is equivalent to spending more onto something that doesn't work. not only you are maintaining a batshit system - expecting different results - you are now proposing to stretch further by providing it for free.

c) we, and by we i mean specifically the malays should quickly lose this sense of entitlement for everything. we work hard, we get things we want with dignity. i will die for you defending that.

d) with politicians, do not ever forget to ask 'how' and 'why'. just listening to what they will do is only half reality.

e) again, please don't get me wrong. i am not against free education here. i believe it deserves a space for a discussion with regards to possibility of implementation somewhere in the future and only when we first address our priorities and succeed. if anyone were to say, they will give out free education upon winning election - then yes, i am against it.

f) and... saying i am against an idea, does not mean i am against PR or i am with them, it means i am against it, if you 'no like', debate the idea not debate the debate.

g) this would be my final entry on free education. to those who asked about my thoughts on the recent debate, well personally i wasn't sure whether the debate really laid out merits of abolishing our student fund (PTPTN) and hence free education exhaustively - a lot of the points centered around how political parties wish to spend the money and why people should put them into power. personally, if you are in the position of power, you can do whatever you wish to do - even if it means something that doesn't make sense like for instance make it a law that every student keep monkeys as pets.

h) saying that though i'm glad the debate took place. i wish more of the same and perhaps over time the majority will start thinking critically of things and not just take sides asking "what's in it for me."



Anonymous said...

hey...what do you have against monkey..anyway I hate monkeys. They stole lots of my liquid paper back in college and got high sucking on the liquid - true story. Btw, this free education shit, I'm just tired of being tired. -algae-

t-shirt kelabu said...

I'm still a school student, and i'm very into politics. during the debate, not trying to pick sides, but from my pov, the oppo guy was just busy sarcastically pointing out umno's so called "corruption", which i find rather sophomoric, since the topic of the debate was actually about ptptn. And he was busy boasting about him being an accountant, as though he's the only accountant in this world. And it disturbs me even more knowing that, anwar ibrahim is urging the students to not pay their loans. What even. and comparing malaysia to finland is like comparing a beca to a bugatti.
apapun, i'm sick and tired of all these political games. Buat negara berpecah-belah.

Farah said...

You seem to always make sense. Sighed.

Shit always happens when a national issue is mixed with biased political views. Once the substance becomes one, it becomes harder to segregate and thus evaluate. They once forced me to choose politics in question to which is most important - education, religion, economics and politics - during a BTN camp.

Anyway, what concerns me is that, considering the amount of GDP inclination, our income is being levelled up in slower pace. I dont learn economics, so i can't rationalise why. Care to answer me on this?

dan said...

me myself as student dun really care the price of education.

it doesnt matter whether its free or have it to pay.

and I wonder, why no one has ever talked about THE QUALITY of the education?

kemonlah, govt knows not all university can provide they own text book. now, you still wanna free education?

why not govt offer step by step (like NKOB lah) solutions,

you know like some sort of project like providing quality text books in ten years, and right after that, maybe we eh govt can provide free education lepas tu.

tak gitu?

Anonymous said...

There will be consequences. Definitely. Especially when it comes to other means of collecting money from the masses. It is high likely that the government will expect income from other sources - rise of tax, rise of goods, rise of everything. And providing education for free means bad quality of education since everyone could afford it. Teachers will be less inspired since children are doing something they hardly value because they got it for free. School will be less quality since everyone has an access to it.Free has always been a word that has been plastered to make people think it is better, but it isn't. Not at all. Someone pays for it, one way or another.
Well, good things come with a price, don't you think? So free education? Nay from me.